Travis d’Arnaud was a top-20 prospect and expected to be the Mets’ long-term answer at catcher when they acquired him from Toronto in a blockbuster 2012 trade.A mixture of injuries and regression at the plate have long since dropped him from potential star to afterthought. He was signed midseason this year by the Rays after the Dodgers cut him. MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNHis birth name is Travis d’Ar🐐.pic.twitter.com/Nn8BpWbWLd— Sporting News MLB (@sn_mlb) July 16, 2019The catcher was quietly putting together a solid season for Tampa Bay even before Monday’s outburst. Now, he has nine home runs and the second-best slugging percentage of his disappointing career thus far.Even if this level of play doesn’t keep up, d’Arnaud’s night in New York will be a favorite obscure reference among baseball fans for the remainder of his career. Despite his low profile and minimal expectations at this point in his career, d’Arnaud delivered a surprise power onslaught at Yankee Stadium on Monday, hitting three home runs and producing all five RBIs in a 5-4 Rays victory.After the game, he told reporters it was the “coolest night ever” in his career. Hitting a go-ahead home run against Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman — with two outs and two strikes no less — makes that statement believable.
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Former England captain Terry Butcher has urged Roy Hodgson to build his side around Everton starlet Ross Barkley as the boss begins his preparations for Euro 2016 next summer.The Everton starlet was one of the stand-out performers towards the end of the Three Lions’ qualification campaign, and seems guaranteed a place in the line-up for friendlies against Spain and France this week.Questions have been raised over the 21-year-old’s defensive work-rate, raising doubts over his future in Hodgson’s possession-based system when the likes of Jack Wilshere and Jordan Henderson return from injury, but ‘Captain Fantastic’ Butcher insists Barkley’s attacking qualities are too good to miss.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Butcher said: “Ross Barkley impressed in qualifying and he must play, Roy Hodgson must find a place for him in the team.“He’ll have to do a lot more defensive work, chasing and closing down, but it’s his work on the ball is his real quality.“I think he should play and that they should virtually build a team around him.”England travel to face Spain in Alicante on Friday, before hosting France at Wembley on Tuesday in the first group of friendly tests before next summer’s tournament.And after coming through their straightforward qualification group with a 100 per cent record, Butcher believes finally facing top quality opponents ahead of the championship will be vital for Hodgson’s men.“They’ll learn a lot more about each other and as a team in these games,” he added. “If they try to get on the ball and impress and try and do well against Spain and France it will give the players a lot of confidence ahead of the tournament.“It’s nice to play these big teams, because at the end of the day the qualification group was far too easy. You didn’t learn a lot about the England team from those games, they just qualified and made sure they went through.“Games like this will whet the appetite and, if we get a result, it’ll give the team and us confidence that England can do it.”